1619 Project author Nikole Hannah-Jones channeled former Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe in an interview on NBC’s Meet the press Sunday, saying she did not understand the idea that “parents should decide what is taught” in schools.
Hannah-Jones made the comments during a special edition of the Meet the press with Chuck Todd who focused exclusively on the topic of race and public schools.
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“I don’t really understand this idea that parents should decide what to teach. I’m not a professional educator,” Hannah-Jones said, “I don’t have a degree in social science or science. We don’t have a degree in social science or science. send our children to school because we want them to be taught by people who have expertise in the field.
McAuliffe, who lost to Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin in the November election, said he didn’t think “parents should tell schools what to teach” in a September debate with the governor now elected Youngkin.
Hannah-Jones alluded to McAuliffe’s comments during her appearance on Sunday, saying the Democratic candidate’s comments are ‘just the fact’ and are ‘why we send our kids to school and don’t go to school at home”.
The 1619 Project, written by Hannah-Jones for the New York Times in 2019, presents a take on American history that says America was founded on racism and that the year the first slave ships arrived from Africa should be seen as the true foundation of America.
The project has been the subject of intense criticism for its presentation of American history, including accusations of inaccuracy and fabrication. Several state governments have banned teaching of the project in public schools as part of broader bans on public education curricula on Critical Race Theory, which asserts that U.S. institutions are systematically racist and oppressive to racial minorities.
In her conversation with Todd, Hannah-Jones defended her writing against the legislative backsliding she suffered.
“My project, which is journalism work in the New York Times“said Hannah-Jones,” is banned by name in Georgia, Florida, Texas, there are efforts to ban the teaching of this story in Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee. When you think about what type of society prohibits books or forbids ideas, it is not a free and tolerant democratic society, it is a society that turns to authoritarianism “
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“Unless the people who believe in free speech, who believe our children are intellectually challenged, start to organize and speak out, I think we are entering a dark age of repression and suppression. the truth, ”she said. “Really, these laws pave the way for the taking of other political rights like voting rights, like women’s reproductive rights, like the rights of LGBTQ people.”
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